Want a casual job over Christmas? Start looking now!

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Did you know that many employers start recruiting their Christmas casuals as early as July? And that many large recruiters fully complete their Christmas recruitment by November?

Four tips for making the most of Christmas casual opportunities:

  1. Start early

Don’t wait until December to start approaching employers. Start preparing your résumé and cover letter and contacting employers as early as possible. If you are a little too early, they should be able to tell you exactly how and when they plan to recruit. This will give you time to build your tailored résumé, research the employer and give your referees a heads up.

  1. Be honest about your availability

When employers hire extra staff over Christmas they will probably ask about your work availability. If you are free for shifts over the whole summer that’s great! If you know your family always heads to Grandma’s for a few days in December, you need to be upfront about this.

Don’t rule yourself out of a position because you think they are looking for staff that are available 24/7. If you are honest about when you are available to work, and show the employer that you are right for the job, they might be willing to offer you shifts on the days you are available.

  1. Make an effort on your personal presentation

Just because it’s a short term role, it doesn't mean employers aren’t looking to hire the best person for the job.

Show them you will fit into their business by doing your research on the employer so you can explain what you can offer. Tailor your résumé to every job you apply for and make a good first impression by presenting well. Dress appropriately for the role – wear neat, clean clothes - offer a firm handshake and remember to smile and be friendly.

  1. Use this as a stepping stone

Sometimes short-term roles can become permanent jobs. Take every opportunity to show the employer you are a great asset to their business and they might consider you for a longer-term role.

If there are no opportunities at this business, use this experience to build your competitiveness for future roles. Don’t forget to add this experience to your résumé and ask the employer for a reference.

Resources to help you

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.